Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chicken Lah! @ Kelana Jaya

Hatching this month in Kelana Jaya, ChickenLah hopes to soon rule the fast-food roost here, marking a freshly laid plan by Perak's well-respected Winner's Fried Chicken franchise to fly the coop from its birthplace of Ipoh & spread its wings further.

Legend has it that the recipe for Winner's Fried Chicken was conceived by an Ipoh Garden housewife in her kitchen in 1987; since then, she & her entrepreneurial husband & son have licensed the brand to hundreds of hawker stalls in night markets & food courts in Perak & beyond. ChickenLah takes things to a new level, heralding a possible chain conceptualised by Winner's.

Customers can purchase two pieces of chicken (RM7+), three (RM10.20+), five (RM16.75+), nine (RM30.15+) or 15 (RM49.50+), or have a single piece in rice boxes of nasi ayam or nasi lemak (RM8.80+). The chicken proves crisp & tender, but perhaps not particularly pronounced in flavour. The rice? Fragrant, though the nasi lemak can be clumpy.

Local persuasions permeate ChickenLah's choices, from belacan-fried chicken wings (RM6.50+ for two well-executed pieces) to keropok lekor (RM3+ for six slices) to pisang goreng with kaya (RM4.50+). Still, fries & coleslaw are offered too if you must.

 And while there are chicken burgers with black pepper sauce or smoky cheese, we were more tempted by the SambaLAH! Burger (RM4.90+), a riff on the components of nasi lemak, with sambal, fried anchovies & egg. One nice point: ChickenLah tastes comparatively less guilt-provoking than some of its established rivals - a little less oil & salt, maybe.

Goat's milk coffee (RM4.50+)? Robust. ChickenLah also does deliveries, & recognising that this shop-house street in front of the Kelana Jaya LRT station is hopeless for parking, you can call ahead for pick-ups - the staff will bring your meal to your car.

Chicken Lah! It's Makan Time
97 Jalan SS 25/2, Taman Bukit Emas, Taman Mayang, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya. Open 1030am-10pm. Tel: 03-7886-8900

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18 comments:

  1. What a neat place, Sean! Their logo reminds me of a restaurant chain here in Quebec....St. Hubert Bbq. I am including their website link so that you can see what I mean. http://www.st-hubert.com/index.en.html

    The wings look superb. I do love chicken. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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    1. Linda: haha, you're right, chickenlah and hubert could almost pass off as chicken cousins ... that's a cute brand too :) i'm glad you enjoyed this chicken-packed post :D

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  2. Not really into fried chicken - we have one new one here, does not look too promising...and one, dunno if it is a Taiwan franchise, called Chickilicious. Should be doing ok seeing that it has stayed open for quite a while now. Never dropped by to check it out. Perhaps I should one of these days.

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    1. Suituapui: here's hoping Chickilicious changes your mind about fried chicken ... cool name btw! :D

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  3. It's a catchy name. Not my personal preference for food, but I do admire the simplicity.

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    1. The Yum List: true, i have a love-hate relationship for fried chicken ... but i have to admit, it's probably mostly love! :D

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  4. Nasi lemak as a burger sounds like an intriguing lunch!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: it's kinda more convenient to consume too, since we don't need cutlery for a burger! :)

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  5. Not a fan of the combo- fried chicken and rice, seems dry lol

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    1. Ken: ooo, that's what all the side sauces and sambal are for! :D

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  6. Ooo...I've eaten Winner's chicken before, so this should prove ok too....and the winner is the price, so cheap :) Like the looks of that belacan-fried chicken wings though the nasi lemak does look mushy!

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    1. Contrast.ewew: ya, not a bad bet for fried chicken, the basics of texture are all there :D yeah, you're right, the forte does end up being the chicken and not quite the rice :)

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  7. I love fried chicken, just our weather is too hot to have it frequently.....

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    1. CK: ya lah, how to eat fried chicken lah when we're feeling so hot nowadays, heheh :D

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  8. The fried chicken looks perfectly done but too bad the flavor was on the bland side :(

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    1. Choi Yen: oh, it was ok, not actually bland, but just maybe needs a bit more complexity in flavour to be more memorable :)

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  9. Wahhh...I like the menu..
    Its so Malaysian!

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    1. Melissa: ya, fried chicken a la malaysia! :D

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